>I object to the poll option "music
>by Wagner". I do not
>think anyone on this site has
>seen a ballet set to Wagner
I have not only seen Béjart's four and three-quarter hour ballet based on the Ring Cycle called "Ring um den Ring" about 25 times (because I cued the sound for it) I also sat through hundreds of hours of rehearsal of it as well. Please let me know if you feel that I should have more experience before casting a vote in this poll.
To unfamiliar listeners it sounds like abrubt and unnatural changes of tunes - just when one beautiful tune is played it suddenly changes to another when the singer changes subject! Obviously dancers would have difficutly coping with these changes!
There is nothing in the entire opus of Wagner which comes even a light-year near the rhythmic and melodic complexity of any of the Stravinsky ballets, not to mention hundreds of other modern works.
Dancers who have performed in these works not only know the music backwards, but have developed skills of co-ordination and listening that most of us could hardly dream of.
I am surprised (and insulted on behalf of my dancing colleagues and friends) that someone who watches so much dance could have so little understanding of (or respect for) the enormous amount of skill, training and ability required in order to be a dancer today.